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Need advice on external drive for Time Machine
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Mercator
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Aug 23, 2010, 12:12 PM
 
I am currently returning my new Toshiba Canvio 500gig USB drive since it will not reliably back up my Nehelem Mac Pro (works fine initially and backs up for a day or two then fails, requiring a disk first aid repair).

What would you recommend for an external drive? I have my eye on this LaCie Quadra with Firewire 800, but it's nearly two years old.
Amazon.com: LaCie d2 Quadra Hard Disk 1 TB USB 2.0/FireWire 400/800/eSATA Desktop External Hard…

Thanks!
     
mduell
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Aug 23, 2010, 06:49 PM
 
1.5TB drive + black or silver enclosure (USB2/FW800/eSATA) = same price

Or you can save $20 with 1TB.
     
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Aug 29, 2010, 12:37 AM
 
Try EZQuest Pro Audio/Video Triple Interface Drive. I've been using the 500 GB, which has its power source inside the case, for two years.
     
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Sep 20, 2010, 06:36 PM
 
I just bought this WD 2TB drive for $114 at Amazon. The price is now a bit higher ($119), but still worth it. I can't find a similar 2TB drive for anywhere close to this price. Plus the drive is absolutely silent. I bought two, and configured it as a 4TB RAID for Time Machine.

Amazon.com: Western Digital WD Elements 2 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive WDBAAU0020HBK-NESN: Electronics
     
   
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